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The Slice Hello Mudda, Hello…Ouch!

Here’s a summer of ‘97 letter home from Camp Spalding. (The writer is 10-year-old Alex Mason.)

“Dear Mom,

“Camp is fun. We have been playing ultimate frisby. I slid on rocks to try to catch it and got scrathes. I was going for the frisby but I was elbowed in the face. I have a big bruse there now.

“The mosquitos are all over. I must have killed 100,000,000 of them.

“XOXOXOXO Love, Alex”

His mom, Kris Mason, added this. “When we picked him up he had more bumps than when he had the chicken pox but he also had a big smile, too, after a fun week.”

Slice answer: “Whenever I see the old East Sprague Drive-In Theater, I think of the last time I was there,” wrote Charlene Howe. “I took my then 6-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son for an expensive evening out. Shortly after the start of the first show, my daughter threw up all over the back seat of the car and we had to leave. That was 13 years ago.”

She can’t recall the movie. She had her own horror show to deal with.

Hoping it’s not gone, gone, gone already: A friend at a recent wedding reception found himself squirming a bit when the song of the moment was “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” by The Righteous Brothers.

Slice Trivia Quiz: Which state is nicknamed “The Pine Tree State”?

(Answer at the end of the column.)

Three truths about office cubicles:

1. Just because people can’t see you doesn’t mean they can’t hear you.

2. Foot traffic picks up nearby immediately after an attractive new hire is assigned the next desk.

3. A good chair will get swiped.

Evergreen State musical memories: It’s not that we disliked them. It’s just that we couldn’t ever tell one Ventures song from another. (“Hawaii Five-0” doesn’t count.)

Warm-up question: How many Inland Northwest residents drive by their birthplace at least once a week?

Another Slice answer: Jacci Herron suspects her dad, 85-year-old master mechanic Tim Ralph, has adjusted more carburetors than anyone else around here.

Though most reports we get detail exemplary behavior: One reason we discontinued offering Slice T-shirts is a nightmare about someone wearing one while holding up a liquor store.

Today’s Slice question: Do you agree with Katylyn Lehinger (who turns 13 next week) and her friends that the singing group Hanson is the hottest thing going this summer?

, DataTimes MEMO: The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Answer: Maine.

The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Answer: Maine.

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